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Veit Harlan

Veit Harlan was a German film director and actor. After studying under Max Reinhardt, he first appeared on the threatre stage in 1915. After World War I, he appeared on the Berlin stage. In 1929, he married Hilde Koerber, having three children with her before divorcing her for political reasons related to the influence of National Socalism. Afterwards, he married the actress Kristina Soederbaum, for whom he wrote several tragic roles, further increasing her popularity.

During the 1930's, Harlan made several anti-Semitic films. In 1937 Joseph Goebbels appointed Harlan as one of his leading propaganda directors. His most notable piece of this period was the film Jud Süß, starring Heinrich George, which was shown for anti-Semitic purposes both in Germany and Austria. It received in 1943 UFA's highest awards.

At the end of the war Harlan was charged with participating in the anti-Semitic movement and aiding the Nazis. He successfully argued against the charges on the grounds that higher-ups had deliberately interfered with his art and was acquitted.

He made a few more films after the war, dying while on vacation in Capri.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Veit Harlan Facts

OccupationDirector, Actor
BirthdaySeptember 22, 1899
BirthplaceBerlin, Germany
Date of deathApril 13, 1964 (Capri, Italy, age 64)

Selected Filmography

Not available.